New Mexico Approves Cannabis Rules and Prepares for Legalization

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New Mexico officials have announced the arrival of cannabis producer rules, and they plan to allow interested producers to begin their applications for licenses sometime this week. The New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department announced on Facebook on August 24 that rules regarding cannabis producers have been finalized and are effective today, and that the agency will begin to accept applications sometime this week.  “Producer Rules Effective Today! The rules that take effect today cover the licensing of cannabis producers—the people and businesses that grow and harvest cannabis,” the post read. “The rules include plant count limits, which are required by the Cannabis Regulation Act, as well as licensing fees. The Cannabis Control Division will start accepting license applications through its streamlined online system later this week. The CCD has 90 days to approve or deny an application once a completed application is received.” This is the first round of rules released to the public. Eventually, more will follow with details about retailers and testing facilities, among other important topics. These rules will need to be finalized by January 2022. “We are ready for business,” said New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department Superintendent Linda Trujillo about the announcement. “The Cannabis Control Division is committed to supporting licensees to maximize the economic opportunities that adult-use cannabis sales offer our state.” The rules were published on the New Mexico Commission of Public Records website in four different sections: General Provisions, Licensing and Operational Requirements for Cannabis Establishments, Cannabis Plant Limits and Process to Address Shortage of Cannabis Supply in the Medical Cannabis Program and Fees. One point of concern has been rules regarding allowances for large-scale cannabis cultivators. Following two public hearings, the final rule text states that cultivators may grow between 6,000 and 8,000 mature plants (or up to 10,000 if…

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